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Resilience of Social-Ecological Systems and Communities: A Mindfulness-Based Pedagogy

September 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


Human and non-human communities have varying capacities to respond to disturbance while maintaining the same basic functions. That is the main argument behind resilience theory and practice, which seek to describe and, in some cases, manage this aspect of complex systems. Mindfulness-based classroom practices can help to illuminate component concepts such as systems thinking, dynamic equilibrium, and adaptive cycles which can then be applied across disciplines, and across scales of time and space. Resilience thinking offers a rich framework for exploring the fundamental interdependence of ecological and societal domains in an age of unprecedented change.

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Sonia Marcus

Sonia Marcus, Director of Sustainability, UNC Asheville

Sonia Marcus is a sustainability specialist and LEED Accredited
Professional with a particular interest in cross-cultural and international
dimensions of the sustainability movement. She currently leads strategic
sustainability efforts as UNC Asheville’s first director of sustainability and
chairs as the City of Asheville’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. From
2003 through 2011, Marcus led Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability,
the first of its kind at any public institution of higher education in the
state. Marcus holds a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and a
Masters degree in Communication & Development Studies from Ohio University.
Sonia is an active member of UNC Asheville’s Contemplative Practices
faculty learning community.



September 6, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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